Category Archives: Blair Athol

Blair Athol 8-year-old

Bought: Online Whisky Auction, 24th February 2015

82.57/100 – Whiskybase (average from 9 member votes)

I bought these two miniatures (5cl and 3cl) of the Blair Athol at auction, mainly because nobody else was going to, and I needed a few more bottles to justify the cost of postage. Having seen the Blair Athol 8yo sell at auction before, I knew I wouldn’t have much, or any competition. Sadly, it’s never been a single malt to set the world on fire or attract much interest.

I had to take a guess on Whiskybase as to which Blair Athol 8yo my purchases are. I believe the bottles date back to the 1980s. There is no mention of an 8yo Blair Athol in the Whisky Bible, even as far back as 2006. Clearly the distillery realised they were flogging a dead horse and decided to change to a different version.

I have quite a soft spot for Blair Athol, even if I have no great experience of the whisky produced there. The distillery is based in the heart of Pitlochry, where I visited family, and enjoyed many a happy holiday there in the 1970s and 80s. I intend to visit the distillery one day, and take a trip down memory lane with a tour of the town. If the whisky is as delightful as the surrounding countryside, I’ll be in for a treat!

Blair Athol 8yo 5cl 3cl

Blair Athol 1999 12-year-old Provenance

Bought – Nickolls & Perks, 17th September 2013

84.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2013
80.67/100 – Whiskybase (average from 3 member votes)

I was slightly surprised to find this version of Blair Athol in the Whisky Bible, thinking it was a bit obscure, but there it was at the bottom of page 56. This is my first bottle of ‘Provenance’ by Douglas Laing & Co. Apparently it has a “sherry butt” which Jim Murray doesn’t feel adds anything to the dram. Nevertheless 84.5/100 is a good score and I’d rather have a sherry butt than cottage cheese thighs any day! With no added colour,  non-chill filtered and 46% it has all the good things going for it.

Blair Athol 1999 12yo Provenance 20cl